You Can Learn to Lead Worship

Today, I am going to make the case that worship leading is a practice. This interdisciplinary skill can be learned. Certainly some in the Body may be gifted in worship leading, some maybe for just a season of life. However, since worshiping is humanity’s primary purpose and the Church’s primary act, the act of worship leading can be learned at a basic level.Read More »

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When Your Congregation Is In The Valley

For as much as I stress planning and intentionally when leading worship, sometimes last-minute adjustments need to be executed. Sometimes, they are made in the moment. I had taken the Doxology (Old Hundredth) and added some jazz chords and progressions. With the swing and a tempo that kept the melody moving, the arrangement brought out the exclamatory dynamic of the classic praise hymn. The worship service had gone according to plan, but took a drastic turn right before the closing song, the Doxology.

Since we were still a small church, we still invited those who had gathered together to share their prayer and praises publically. Person after person shared occasions for prayer and tragedy. The tone of worship shifted greatly. The jazz arrangement was no longer appropriate. Instead, I called an audible, into the microphone no less, announcing unbeknownst to the music team, that we were going to close by singing the Doxology acapella.Read More »

Super Bowl Sunday, or Super Bowl and Sunday?

On Sunday I watched Super Bowl 50 like millions of others in our nation and across the world. A defensively charged game, many found the Championship Game a little more dull than normal. Our nation prefers long homers over pitching duels and hat tricks over sound saves. For some reason we ascribe exciting to offense and points, not to defense.

As always, the Super Bowl dominated social media the days before, the day of, and the days after the most-watched game in all of sports. And for another year, I witnessed at least one picture or meme, pictured above, seeking to set the same standards on the Super Bowl onto Christian Sunday worship. Today my goal is to set these two events side and by side and see whether we can place the Super Bowl and the Church’s Gathering together and compare them to one another.Read More »

Planning the Next Series

Every church follows a rhythm in time. Major decisions often center on the pattern that we create. For many evangelical churches, our church follows the time of sermon series. Often 4-6 weeks in length, these series are often topical and strive to offer practical advice for living the Christian life.

The question for worship leaders who serve at these churches is this: how do I plan for these monthly series? A couple of weeks ago we looked at what planning each week may look like for an evangelical worship leader. This week we are going to look at a slightly larger picture, how to plan for the next sermon series.Read More »

Praxis, Worship, Theology: Being Intentional

If you want your church’s worship to develop and your worship leading to grow, being intentional about your worship is the very first step that you should take. Today, we are going to look at two disciplines that will help us be more intentional about our worship, but first, I want to talk about what it means to “be intentional” about or worship.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: Seasons of Faith, Pt. 1

The Bishop's Corner

Last week I discussed some things I have learned over the years regarding the journey that is the corporate worship service.  This week I would like to continue the conversation and look at larger view of the journey, namely the one through which we walk during the year: the Church calendar.

We live in a world that is run by different calendars: chronological, fiscal, academic.  Each month sees the celebration of birthdays, weddings, anniversaries of various kinds, and civic holidays; each month also sees the remembering of those who have passed, the recalling of demarcating events in history, both good and bad.  Interwoven in all of this is the Church calendar.Read More »

The Art of Selecting Worship Songs

 

When it comes to the art of selecting worship songs, everyone has a rooted opinion. Most of the time we are quick to disregard someone else’s opinion because it does not coincide with ours. So how do we select worship songs if everyone has a different opinion?

The key is to find a barometer that goes beyond each individual’s personal preference. Read More »

Learning to Lead

Hello!  My name is Ryan Mackey.  I am a new contributor to TalkingWorship.com.  I am very excited and honored to share life with the TW community.  For my first post I want to share how I began leading congregational singing:

My first time leading a worship service was my junior year in college. Even though I’d been part of my church’s music team since I was in high school I had not led. At this college there was a Wednesday morning chapel service and a small Sunday evening worship service in a multi-purpose room/black box theatre; shortly after the semester started I began playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony in the small worship team.  Read More »

What To Say When You Are Leading Worship

When we hear the title “Worship Leader”, many of us immediately picture a musician leading us in song during our Sunday morning worship. This is a fair, yet incomplete picture, of the worship leader. Certainly song plays a large part in the role of being a worship leader, but by no means does song encompass everything a worship leader does on a Sunday morning.Read More »